The '''Modern Language Association of America''', often referred to as the '''Modern Language Association''' ('''MLA'''), is the principal professional association
in the United States for scholars of language and literature. The MLA aims to "strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature."
[[http://www.mla.org/about/ About the MLA"], ''mla.org'', Modern Language Association, 9 July 2008, Web, 25 April 2009.]
The organization includes over 26,000 members in 100 countries, primarily academia|academic scholars
s, and graduate student
s who study or teach language and literature, including English, other modern languages, and comparative literature
[[http://www.acls.org/societies/societies.aspx?sid=81024862-C9A2-DB11-A735-000C2903E717 "Modern Language Association of America"], in "ACLS Member Learned Societies" (Directory), American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS),... ]